A barrelful of bonkers…
As mixologist Pepper Revelle preps for the Bohemia Bartenders’ gig in beautiful Kentucky bourbon country, she finds a great new friend in distiller Royce Doucet. Even if her pup Astra makes an enemy of his crafty cat. But Pepper’s hopes of a smooth launch of Royce’s superb new bourbon go awry when a ghastly murder overshadows the festivities.
As if Pepper isn’t shaken enough, one of Royce’s guests surprises her with news that will change her life. But is she ready to welcome someone new to her family? Especially when she’s still trying to figure out if she and chief bartender Neil are doing this romance thing or not. She hardly has time to consider the consequences as they encounter a troublesome set of Royce’s acquaintances—and suspects.
It doesn’t help that Pepper’s irksome ex Mr. Mixy wants to interview her for his ego-trip memoir. Pepper just wants to make great drinks and solve the mystery. But her sleuthing puts her in terrible danger, and soon she realizes that nothing is as it seems. Can she and Neil find the killer before they’re toasted like the inside of a bourbon barrel?
Beguiled by Bourbon is the fifth book in the Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries, funny whodunits with a dash of romance set in a convivial collective of cocktail lovers, eccentrics and mixologists. These quasi-cozy culinary comedies contain a hint of heat, a splash of cursing and shots of laughter, served over hand-carved ice.
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*I received the book as an advanced reader copy, and am submitting this as an honest and voluntary review.
The mixologists are back again in another riveting Bohemia Bartenders mystery! This one is appropriately set in Kentucky bourbon country, with yet another batch of new and quirky characters added to the fun and mayhem. Don’t worry though, your favorites – Pepper, Neil, Barclay, Luke, Melody, the annoying Mr. Mixy, and of course the lovable little dog Astra – are all there to keep the drinks pouring. Astra of course just eats the garnishes. In fact, just as Pepper seems to be doing, I found myself falling just that little bit more in love with Neil myself, and also sensed the main characters becoming part of my world and friends of my own. Lucy Lakestone’s detailed writing shines again, as I discovered myself right there in the Coppercopia distillery, smelling and tasting the bourbon, seeing the fall colors of Kentucky, and laughing along with my friends. So as not to be in a state of constant high spirits, there is of course a murder near the beginning of the story which weighs heavily on everyone’s mind, especially Pepper’s, and she finds herself in yet another couple of unfortunate situations. Added to the craziness that is Pepper’s life, the possibility of a new family member surfaces as well. The book was an entertaining and quick read, as all of the Bartenders mysteries are. And by the way, you can read them stand-alone for sure, but after five “gatherings” with these Bohemian friends of mine, I do feel like I know them well enough now to picture their looks, their styles, and sometimes even how their voices may sound! This of course helps with keeping who’s who straight. To top it all off, there’s a brilliant distillery cat who happens to be one of the heroes of the story.